Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Governance and Child Safeguarding Issues in Scouting Ireland: Tusla and Scouting Ireland

Mr. Jim Gibson:

I wish to reiterate that it was never our intention for that correspondence to go into the public domain. It was correspondence directly to the organisation that would set the agenda with regard to service improvement. We feel that would serve the children of Ireland had we got into the latter part of the discussion with Scouting Ireland, and not been distracted with the noise that came around this matter. We are there now with Scouting Ireland from our engagement last week and, as I said, we have agreed an action plan. We need to get on with our business. That is what we want to do.